This Year, Selfies Are Deadlier Than Sharks

They've caused 12 deaths, compared to 8 from sharks
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2015 11:36 AM CDT
Actress Michelle Monaghan, left, and designer and stylist Rachel Zoe take a "selfie" before the Altuzarra Spring 2016 show during Fashion Week, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in New York.   (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

(Newser) – With the recent death of a tourist at the Taj Mahal, 2015's selfie-related death toll sits at 12—compared to just eight people who have been killed by sharks this year, Mashable reports. "It sounds like a joke, but unfortunately it isn't," writes Cailey Rizzo. The two main ways selfie-takers were killed this year: falling or getting hit by a train. Among the consequences of the daredevil selfie craze: landmarks and events have started banning selfie sticks or selfies entirely, a park shut down because of people taking selfies with bears, and, as Conde Nast reports, the European Union even proposed making certain types of selfies (those containing a landmark) a crime.

Russia's Interior Ministry even instituted a campaign warning of the danger of selfies, Reuters reported earlier this month. Al Jazeera has a picture of the ministry's leaflet, which actually includes the lines "A cool selfie could cost you your life" and "A selfie with a weapon kills." Says an aide to the interior minister, "Before taking a selfie, everyone should think about the fact that racing after a high number of 'likes' could lead him on a journey to death and his last extreme photo could turn out to be posthumous."

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